Edward Manley collection

Postcard to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 15, 1945.

Postcard to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 15, 1945. Postcard features an image of the Public Square and Union Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio. Manley notes he is travelling to Camp Atterbury in Indiana.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 15, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 15, 1945. Manley notes he is on the train to Camp Atterbury in Indiana. That tomorrow he will get a lecture, shots, a physical exam, and a uniform. Classification tests will be given, and he…
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 16, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 16, 1945. Manley notes that he got his uniform, two vaccinations, a physical exam, and a blood type test. He also notes that lights out is at 9:00 P.M. and they start the day at 4:45 A.M.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 17, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 17, 1945. Manley notes that he has taken his classification test. That if he has passed, he could go to school for a while to become a radio operator or an officer.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 17, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 17, 1945. Manley notes that at in the morning they had movies and lectures on Army Life. He also notes that he has taken the Classification Test in the morning.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 17, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 17, 1945. Manley tells Jean that he won't be able to call Jean that night, but will tomorrow. He also will attend church the next day.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 18, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 18, 1945. Manley writes about his and Jean's dreams of their "Someday". He also waits for her call in the Telephone Center.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 18, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 18, 1945. Manley notes that he spoke to Jean on the phone.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 18, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 18, 1945. Manley notes that he watched a movie called "Objective Burma." He also wishes Worthington a good night.
Postcard to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 19, 1945.

Postcard to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 19, 1945. Postcard features image of two bakers and a soldier. Manley notes that Worthington will have to make him bread after they are married.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 19, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 19, 1945. Manley notes that he has finished processing, received his dog tag, and has arranged for his insurance, as well as his War Bonds.
Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 19, 1945.

Letter to Jean Worthington by Edward "Ned" Manley, February 19, 1945. Manley notes that he is on his way back from a show. He also wishes Worthington a goodnight.

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Title

Edward Manley collection

Creator

Manley, Edward Arthur, b. 1926
Worthington , Jean Allaine , b. 1928

Description

A collection of letters and photographs from Edward "Ned" Manley, a soldier in the U.S. Army, and his girlfriend Jean Worthington, a teenage schoolgirl in Cleveland, Ohio, dating from 1945-1946.

The content of Jean's letters describes everyday life of a teenage schoolgirl living in Cleveland, Ohio, with her parents during the war, including frequent mentions of friends, popular songs, movies, pets, and cooking, and visits to Edward's family, and her love for Edward. Edward's letters to Jean mostly concentrate on sentiments of love and the hope of marriage after the war. He also describes experiences and duties as he undergoes training with a variety of weapons and ordnance, his singing with a USO show, requests for transfer to the U.S. Army Air Corps, his volunteering for parachute infantry training, and descriptions of Nagoya during the American occupation of Japan. Both correspondents mention the anniversary of their first meeting (27 August 1943), and often use the word "Someday" in quotation marks which seems to refer to the then-popular song "Someday You'll Want Me to Want You." There is constant good-natured joking from both about the 28 children they will have once they are married.

ean ("Jeannie") Allaine Worthington was born on 1 November 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her parents were Archibald ("Archie") Augusta Worthington (1896-1979), a tool worker, and Lena L. Fritchell (1904-1985); she had one younger sister, Shirley C. Worthington (1934-2012). In 1945 and 1946 she was living with her parents at 14247 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

She met Edward Manley on 27 August 1943 in Cleveland when she was 14 and he was 16, but it does not seem likely they attended the same school. During 1945 she was attending high school and had a job after school. There is no evidence that they subsequently married; in Cleveland in 1971 or 1972 she married John Krasnicki, Sr. (1906-1986), who was twenty-two years her senior. She died on 8 September 1994 in Garfield Heights and is buried in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

Edward ("Ned") Arthur Manley was born on 25 December 1926 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. His parents were Patrick Sanfield Manley (1895-1952), advertising manager for a Cleveland newspaper and Leonarda Gallagher Manley (1896-1970); he had five siblings: Edith Manley McNamara (1928-1958), John Vincent (1930-1988), Narda Patricia Daly (1931-2007), Alicia Ann Gramuglia (1932-2006), and Patrick A. (1934-2011). The family emigrated from Canada to the United States in the 1930s and by 1940 were living in Cleveland.

Edward Manley enlisted in the U.S. Army as Private on 15 February 1945 in Cleveland; that same day he entrained for the Army Reception Center at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. In late February he had been assigned to Company B, 30th Battalion, 3rd Regiment at the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Fort McClellan, Alabama. A request to be transferred to the Army Air Corps was turned down. After a twelve-day furlough, Edward was transferred in late July to Company B-1-1, Army Ground Forces Replacement Depot No. 3 at Fort Riley, Kansas for a few days before being passed on to 3rd Platoon, Company M, 4th Regiment, Army Ground Forces Replacement Depot No. 2 at Fort Ord, California. In early August he was placed in 1st Platoon, Casual Company 12 in preparation for shipping out to Japan for occupation duties. By 13 September he was in Luzon in the Philippines as part of the 666 Replacement Company, A.P.O. 291, shortly to be assigned to Battery B, 8th Field Artillery Battalion, A.P.O. 25. Edward arrived in Japan in early October and was assigned to an antitank Company in the 27th Infantry Regiment. By the end of June 1946 he was still in Japan, but he repeats a rumor that they would be coming back the United States in October 1946.

Manley was discharged in October 1946 and returned to California to find that Jean was engaged to be married to a man named "Shorty." Manley lost contact with Jean shortly thereafter. By 1952 he had moved to Los Angeles, California and at some point married Antoinette T. Manley (born 1940). They had one son, Darren Anthony Manley (born 1984). Edward applied for naturalization on 17 May 1945 in Anniston, Alabama while he was stationed at Fort McClellan, and became a U.S. citizen on 19 May 1945.

Coverage

World War II

Date

1945/1946

Rights

Subject

Cleveland (Ohio)
Correspondence
United States. Army. Air Corps
World War, 1939-1945
Military education

Publisher

Grand Valley State University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Identifier

RHC-116

Language

eng


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